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->''"The Sun is the king of torches."''
-->-- '''West African proverb'''

Ah, UsefulNotes/TheSun. The celestial object around which our world turns. A ball in the sky that brings [[LightIsGood light]] to [[DarkIsEvil darkness]], life to plants, and warmth to all. It's also, of course, a giant nuclear furnace more than three hundred thousand times the mass of our puny little planet that fuses more than six hundred twenty million tons of hydrogen into helium every second, the biggest source of energy for four light-years in any direction, so it's understandable that one might want to harness or replicate that kind of power.

See, sometimes, the power of the sun itself is classified as a sort of [[ElementalPowers Elemental Power]]. The effects of sun-power are many and varied: you could shoot ultraviolet rays to give people nasty sunburns, perhaps channel a beam of light to fry a vampire, maybe heal people with the mystic power of sunlight -- somehow. And of course, you could always just go straight to the nuclear fusion. Radioactive superheated plasma is always a nice way to make sure your target is dead, and it's much easier to HurlItIntoTheSun if you can make a little mini-sun.

The power of the sun is a lot like a fun little cocktail of PlayingWithFire and LightEmUp, with an occasional side of [[ILoveNuclearPower nuclear weapons]]. Often associated with heroes, [[LightIsNotGood but not always]]; villains that use solar power, directly or indirectly through technology, are fairly common in science-fiction. If elements oppose each other, the power of the sun will generally be opposite {{Lunacy}}. It may also be in opposition to PowerOfTheVoid, which is associated with [[CastingAShadow Darkness]], [[AnIcePerson Cold]], and [[NegativeSpaceWedgie Black Holes]].

If a device is simply powered by solar panels, photosynthesis, or even by a DysonSphere, it doesn't ''quite'' count as this trope: it generally has to utilize sunlight, or solar rays, or nuclear fusion to qualify as the power of the sun.

* [[SeriousBusiness Sunny]] [[TropeNamer Delight]].
-->''"Unleash the power of the sun!"''

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': [[spoiler:Yamamoto's]] bankai Zanka no Tachi is described as the embodiment of the Sun itself and even produces flames of 15 million degrees Celsius to approximate the temperature of the sun's core.
* Teppei from ''Anime/BtX''. It turns out to be the key to [[spoiler:taking down [[EldritchAbomination Raphaello]]]].
* In ''LightNovel/{{Campione}}'', the God Verethragna (and Godou Kusanagi, who killed Verethragna and [[YouKillItYouBoughtIt gained his powers]]) can summon a white stallion made of the flames of the sun. It typically charges through enemies and incinerates them. It can only be used on a target who has committed great sins.
* [[Anime/NeoHumanCasshern Casshern]]'s limited power supply can only be recharged this way.
* ''Anime/{{Daitarn 3}}'': Borrowing the Power of the Sun! Sure Kill attack! SUUUUUUUUUNNNN ATTTACK!
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}''
** [=ShineGreymon=] from ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' fits this trope perfectly.
** Apollomon in ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars''. Comes with being based on a solar deity.
* After [[spoiler:"eating" God]], Father from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is able to create mini-suns, [[LightIsNotGood which he uses to try to kill the protagonist.]] Or threatens to, in ''Brotherhood''.
%%* Cure Sunshine from ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure''.
* ''Anime/IlSolePenetraLeIllusioni'': Akari. She's more strictly associated with [[TarotMotifs the Sun]], but it manifests as FlamingHair and a FlamingSword anyway.
* Hamon (Ripple) from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', seen primarily in ''Phantom Blood'' and ''Battle Tendency''[[note]]and getting occasional use in ''Stardust Crusaders'' by ''Battle Tendency''[='s=] protagonist[[/note]], is a Tibetan martial art that lets the user [[KiManipulation channel his energy]] into a form much akin to sunlight. As a consequence, Hamon users are excellent {{Vampire Hunter}}s.
** The Sun in ''Stardust Crusaders'', which is a FightingSpirit that takes the form of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the Sun]], emitting intense heat and able to shoot FrickinLaserBeams like a shotgun.
* ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko'': Oogami Souma's powers seem to be this.
* From ''VideoGame/{{Medabots}}'', Space Medafighter X's partner [=ArcBeetle=], with his FinishingMove, The Prominence. X even quotes the trope by name whenever [[{{Invocation}} invoking]] the attack. It helps that The Prominence is a ChargedAttack, considering his invocation is several sentences long.
* Epsilon in ''Manga/{{Pluto}}'', as long as he has time to (re)charge in sunlight.
* Anime/{{Pokemon}}:
** Solarbeam attack, anyone?
** There's also the Meteonite from ''Best Wishes''. Though the arc was cancelled and the plot of the episodes retconned, trailers and promotional material for the "Team Rocket vs Team Plasma" two-parter show that the Meteonite is solar powered, and it can be made into an artificial sun that shines even at night. Its rays put pokemon under its control, which is why Giovanni wants to harness its power. At the climax of the story it apparently becomes a sun, as shown [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=wCe5PWdu3m8 here at 1:29]].
* The Gold Saints from ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' have a combo attack that channels this power. [[AwesomeButImpractical Too bad it needs all twelve saints to work]].
* ''Manga/TheSevenDeadlySins'', The Lion's Sin of Pride Escanor takes this trope quite literally with his ability "Sunshine", at midnight he is a scrawny and meek man, and is the weakest of all knights. But as the sun rises, his power does the same, as does his pride, transforming him into a muscled behemoth of a man as the day goes on until his power peaks at noon, where he is the most powerful of his fellow Sins, all the while radiating light and heat as if he were the Sun itself, after noon passes he loses his power before turning back into his smaller, weaker self at night as a part of a daily never ending cycle. [[spoiler:It is later revealed that "Sunshine" is the Grace of the deceased Mael, one of the four Archangels of the Goddess Clan. It is not clear how the Grace was passed on to Escanor at birth. Mael's brother Ludociel warns Escanor that his human body will not be able to bear the strain of the Grace for much longer.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Franchise/MarvelUniverse has a number of sun-using heroes:
** ComicBook/XMen: The original Sunfire (this one's also a [[LightIsNotGood total jerk]] though), his sister Sunpyre, and the Exiles' Sunfire. As well as Sunspot, who can absorb sunlight and release concussive blasts of solar energy, with a considerable heat and light projection component. At first he gained SuperStrength that was fueled by the Sun.
** Solarr is the [[LightIsNotGood villain version]], using his solar powers to [[KillItWithFire burn people]].
** The Phoenix Force, described as "fire and life incarnate", literally ''[[ComicBook/TheDarkPhoenixSaga eats]]'' suns to replenish itself. In this instance, the trope established just [[OurGodsAreDifferent how very powerful]] it was. [[note]]In times of extreme frailty, such as during ''Endsong'', the Phoenix Force has tried to 'feed on' Cyclops, whose superpower is (depending on the writer) either energy beams powered by the Sun or a solar-fueled ability to open portals to a dimension of endless crimson kinetic energy with his eyes. [[/note]]
** Hyperion of the ComicBook/SquadronSupreme, as befitting a CaptainErsatz of {{ComicBook/Superman}}, is powered by the sun. He's one of the most physically powerful heroes in the Marvel Universe, though that does less good against certain enemies than others:
-->'''Hyperion''': Look here, monster. ''[[BadassBoast I AM THE SUN]]''.
-->'''[[EldritchAbomination Beyonder]]''': Foolish creature. I create stars... I destroy them. What makes you any different?
* ''Franchise/{{DCU}}'':
** Comicbook/LegionOfSuperHeroes has Sun Boy. He can internally generate an almost limitless supply of solar energy, from the smallest candle flicker to a blistering furnace. He is also immune to virtually all forms of heat and solar radiation.
** ''Comicbook/{{Superman}}''. Earth's yellow sun is what gives him (and other Kryptonians) his powers. Even his blood is solar-powered, as {{Dracula}} found out [[TooSpicyForYogSothoth the hard]] [[YourHeadAsplode way]].
* [[ComicBook/TheAuthority Apollo]] is fueled by the Sun; the results include FlyingBrick powers, EyeBeams, a [[HolyHalo halo]] and a [[PersonalityPowers warm and cheerful personality]].
* The [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall much dreaded]] Kool-Aid comic featured the Thirsties, [[LightIsNotGood evil]] sun creatures with [[LightEmUp light powers]].
* ''Comicbook/{{Lucifer}}'' in his Vertigo incarnation is the Morningstar, the light of God, responsible for shaping and lighting the stars through his will alone. He is able to channel this power whenever he likes it, with fiery and usually instantly-fatal results.
* Xadhoom from ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' obtained her [[PhysicalGod immense power]] by using the sun of her planet to change her into a star in physical form.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/OriginStory:'' Sentry tries to use this as a weapon against Alex Harris. Too bad she's a Kryptonian, and thus is empowered by the sun.
* Corona of ''FanFic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse''. In addition to control of the Sun's rising and setting, she makes liberal use of sunfire to burn anything that displeases her, and can merge herself into the Sun to heal from otherwise mortal wounds. It's also rumored that she can smite anypony who's outside at high noon, though this may or may not be true.
* ''FanFic/ThePiecesLieWhereTheyFell'': Blazen Sun can ''create'' a miniature sun, bright enough to turn night into day.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' rewrote "Literature/{{Rapunzel}}" [[RecycledInSpace with solar powers]]. They seem to be primarily life-related, allowing their vessel to regenerate injuries and someone else's age. They can be activated by song, and as of yet [[WhiteMagic no offensive uses have been seen.]] ''WesternAnimation/TangledTheSeries'' goes slightly further by [[spoiler:having her conjure protective light shields]], though she drops the healing aspect of her magic.
* Sunburn from ''WesternAnimation/HappilyEverAfter'', who controls [[LightEmUp sunlight]]. Unlike Rapunzel above, she uses it pretty damn [[FrickinLaserBeams offensively]].
* Chanticleer in ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle'' can summon the sun through his crowing, and this is a plot point since everyone else needs him back to restore daylight. His crowing-sun-summoning extends to [[spoiler:ordering a rain of solar flares to hit the BigBad in the climax]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Dr. Octavius's device in ''Film/SpiderMan2'' was meant to create "the power of the Sun in the palm of my hand." Specifically, a controlled nuclear fusion reactor. Which, admittedly, ''would'' be extremely revolutionary. He achieves it, except for the "controlled" part, as the "mini-sun" has one hell of a magnetic field. And everyone (in-universe) seems to completely overlook the fact that he already invented and nearly perfected cybernetic limbs and true A.I. just to help him handle the complex manipulations of the controls for his fusion project.
* Seemingly half the point of ''Film/{{Sunshine}}'' is to demonstrate the incredible radiant power of the Sun. Everyone's lives both depend on and are threatened by the Sun during the movie, and while the Sun is dying, it is still incredibly powerful.
* ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'': Sunspot's mutant ability.
* GadgeteerGenius monk Carl in ''Film/VanHelsing'' invents a special grenade which, when activated, unleashes a burst of light equal to the intensity of the Sun, but admits he doesn't know exactly what they can actually ''use'' it for, but brings it along to Transylvania, anyway. At the end of the second act, they use it to vaporize an entire mansion full of vampires.
* In ''Film/YamatoTakeru'', Shinto sun goddess Amaterasu imbues her followers and artifacts with her power, letting her priestesses [[PlayingWithFire play with fire]] and her MagicMirror [[spoiler:serve as a Wave-Motion Gun of immense power]].
* In the 1959 BMovie ''Film/MissileToTheMoon'' one character steps from TheDarkSideOfTheMoon into the light and is instantly charred into a [[SpecialEffectsFailure burning dummy, and then a plastic skeleton.]] Ten years later real-life astronauts would report less fatal effects.


* ''Literature/LoneWolf'' wields the Sommerswerd, also known as the Sword of the Sun. The holy blade [[FlamingSword burns with the flames of the sun]] and can emit fire blasts. At one point, when Lone Wolf tries to use the sword while underground, he realizes it has been out of the sun for too long and has not had a chance to replenish its power.

* ''Literature/WickedLovely'' has the summer court, who use sunlight as a tangible elemental ability, the same as the dark court's shadows, the winter court's frost, Sorcha and Bananach's [[RealityWarper warping reality]], and Olivia's stars.
* Both [[LightIsGood Apollo]] and [[LightIsNotGood Hyperion]] in Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians.
* [[Literature/NuklearAge Nuklear Man]]. His ultimate move uses [[spoiler: half the power of every star ''in the galaxy'']] for several seconds. Good thing too, because the BigBad [[RealityWarper Nihlus]] can not be defeated by normal means.
* Creator/RobinMcKinley's ''Literature/{{Sunshine}}'' features a protagonist who draws her magic from exposure to sunlight, and whose health actually deteriorates without said exposure, in what may be the ultimate case of seasonal affective disorder. Appropriately enough, she uses said power to get involved in a war against vampires.
* In Creator/JohnMilton's ''Literature/ParadiseLost'', {{Satan}} addresses the Sun to speak of its power -- and rages that it reminds him of what he lost.
* In ''Literature/TheBookOfTheNewSun,'' The Conciliator is at the same time a [[CrystalDragonJesus man]] and the White Fountain which will restore the dying Sun and wreck continents. Or perhaps that's just what the Powers Above the Stage need him to believe.
* In ''{{Literature/Animorphs}},'' [[PuppeteerParasite Yeerks]] need to leave their host bodies every three days to absorb Kandrona rays or they die. The Kandrona is actually the name of their home world's sun, which they regard with religious significance; however, the "Kandronas" used off-world are just devices that imitate its energy.
* The Shel Silverstein poem "Invention" from ''Where The Sidewalk Ends'' is about a child who creates a light that is powered by plugging it into the sun. The only problem, however, is that the cord isn't long enough.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' wizards have the ability to contain sunshine itself and use it as a weapon against those who fear the sun. However, there is one problem with this magic. To fold the sunlight into something, like a handkerchief, the practitioner must be genuinely happy. Hero Harry Dresden hasn't been genuinely happy enough to do it for years.
* ''Leterature/MagnusChaseAndTheGodsOfAsgard'': Magnus, being a son of [[spoiler: Frey]], has the ability to bring warming sunshine to any location.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'': [[TheDitz Trance]] [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Gemini]] is a [[DealWithTheDevil Lucifer]], the avatar of a Sun.
* Hikaru, [=MagiShine=] and Daggeron the Solaris Knight from ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'' and ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'' uses the Sun as a power source and has sun-based powers. Same for Travelion, aka the [[HumongousMecha Solar Streak Megazord]].
** Similarly, in ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'' the Titanium Ranger's Max Solarzord fires blasts of solar energy as weapons.
* [[BadassBoast I am the child of the Sun!]] [[Series/KamenRiderBlackRX Kamen Rider!]] [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Black! RX!]]
** '''[[Series/KamenRiderOOO RATA RATA RATORA~TAH!]]'''[[hottip:*:For the poor souls who haven't seen the series, that's the OOO Driver doing part of the ImageSong for Ratoratah form, the PantheraAwesome themed mode with ThePowerOfTheSun and LightTheWay going for it. Specifically, it comes from its lion aspect.]]
* In ''Series/{{HeroesReborn}}'' it turns out that [[spoiler: Luke Collins has radioactive powers derived from the sun. He can carefully control them, however, and doesn't Ted Sprague-out and blow stuff up. He can easily use his powers to light a small piece of paper on fire while leaving everything else unscathed. The PowerOfTheSun could make him more powerful than Ted, if he can harness most of the sun's radiation.]]
* Much like Superman, the eponymous heroes of the ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' rely on sunlight to fuel their strength due to [[MassSuperEmpoweringEvent having gained their powers from an artificial Sun]] they constructed on their homeworld. Their requirements however are so vast that Earth's atmosphere reduces [[HourOfPower their staying time to three minutes]].

* The song by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOltLpCV5lo the same name]] by Music/BruceDickinson.
* Music/TheKinks' "Lazy Old Sun" from ''Music/SomethingElseByTheKinks''.
-->''You make the rainbows and you make the night disappear''\\
''You melt the frost so I won't criticize my sun.''
* Music/PinkFloyd's EarlyInstallmentWeirdness ''Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun''
* Music/{{Gloryhammer}}: On the album, ''Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards'' in the song "Universe on Fire", they sing:
-->Gliding across the Sun\\
to soak up all its might,\\
Charging my Solar Gun,\\
and prepare for epic fight [''sic'']

* Many religions have one or more solar deity/ies, but how powerful they were tends to vary depending on how the religion. Helios from the Myth/GreekMythology had to ask Zeus to punish the people who ate his sacred cattle.[[note]]This may say less about his personal power level than about Zeus being after all the king of the gods while Helios still had a job to do.[[/note]] Amaterasu from Myth/JapaneseMythology is ruler of the gods, but powerless against her brother the storm-god Susannoo. Exceptions include [[Myth/LusitanianMythology Neto]], who was both a solar deity and a deity of war, and apparently a ''very'' powerful one at that. [[Myth/EgyptianMythology Ra]] or [[Myth/EgyptianMythology Horus]] are powerful gods with the former being a creator-deity and the latter vanquishing the god of storms and chaos. Huitzilopochtli from Myth/AztecMythology was a god of sun and war and one of the most powerful deities. There's also Haemosu from Myth/KoreanMythology, Heavenly Emperor's son and a very powerful god(beating god of the river in a shapeshifting duel), and founder of the Buyeo and Goguryeo Kingdoms. In Myth/NorseMythology, Sunna[=]/[=]Sól is apparently so powerful that only her shield protects us from fiery devastation, though that still isn't enough to save her from the wolf [[BeastOfTheApocalypse Sköll]] at the Ragnarok.
** Some systems had both a sun god and a personification of the Sun. For instance, in Greek mythology, Apollo was the "god of light" (effectively a solar deity), while Helios was the Sun itself.
** Sometimes, the Sun is the ''[[EyeBeams eye]]'' of the ruling god. Helios, for example, is often referred as the eye of Zeus, [[UsefulNotes/{{Zoroastrianism}} Ahura Mazda]]'s eye is [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hvare-khshaeta Hvare-khshaeta]], ''et cetera''.
* In Abrahamic theology, Shamsiel is usually said to be the angel of the Sun. In Literature/ParadiseLost, though, it is Uriel who wields this power.
** ArchangelMichael is also frequently considered the planetary angel of the Sun. Curiously, he and Shamsiel share multiple traits, such as being [[EldritchAbomination cherubs]], guardian the Fourth Heaven and the Garden of Eden.
* In Gnosticism, the Sun is represented by the [[EldritchAbomination Archon]] Adonaios, though some sources list Iao instead (which otherwise stands for Jupiter). In a twist, however, since the Sun is an Archon, which work for [[GodIsEvil Yaldabaoth,]] it is at best an [[LightIsNotGood hostile power]].
* Solaromancy is a classical term for sun-based divination. By tabletop logic, [[{{Whatevermancy}} it should be sun based magic]].

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. In the 2nd Edition Al-Qadim setting, there are a few sun-powered spells: Sun Stone (a stone held in sunlight becomes an incendiary missile), Sundazzle (sunlight causes blindness), Sunfire (solar-powered Fireball), Sunwarp (powerful, though limited mirage-based variant of [[DoppelgangerSpin Mirror Image]])
** Some or other Sun deity is almost obligatory in any setting and the priesthood of each, of course, has sun-related spells and powers.
*** For example in 3.5, clerics of the sun god Pelor can take the Sun domain. Which, in addition to giving them many heat and light-based spells, including the extremely powerful Sunburst, which [[{{Pun}} lights up]] everything within ten feet of the cleric, allows them to perform a "greater turn undead", which focuses powerful sunlight instead of positive energy. Instead of merely scaring undead away, a Greater Turning ''turns them to dust on the spot''.
** Sun Mages in ''TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}}'' campaign ''Astromundi Cluster''. The Antilan Empire wizards purchased the secrets of sunmagic from the Arcane and kept as a secret weapon.
** "Sun" (Radiance) quasi-elemental priests in ''TabletopGame/DarkSun''. Though they are messed up unlike the rest of the bunch, without a good explanation.
* ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' and ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'' have "spells" that work like this. The major difference between these and ones that make a lot of "fake" light is the ability to mess with [[TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem vampires]].
** There are also spirits from the [[SpiritWorld Shadow]] which are basically sun elementals. These are noted as bearing a passing resemblance to fire elementals, but appear more transcendent and powerful (they're among the most powerful spirits in the Shadow) and also have a theme of bringing "illumination." They also attack darkness spirits (which are conceptual rather than elemental), and have a relationship with [[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken werewolves]] (children of Luna) that ranges from "grudge" to "attack on sight."
* Seeing as the default player characters in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' are all the chosen of the sun god, this is a bit commonplace. For one thing, the sun in the sky [[ThatsNoMoon isn't actually a sun]] -- it's a massive weapons station that helps decide which beings are "creatures of darkness" and thus [[GoodHurtsEvil worthy of receiving the pain from the Unconquered Sun's cleansing light]]. There are several attacks and spells that allow a Solar to harness this power.
** For a somewhat darker twist, there's the sorcery spell Total Annihilation, which draws on the destructive potential of a ''different'' sun -- Ligier, the ever-burning green sun of Hell. It's pretty much a fantasy nuke.
** The sun god himself, the Unconquered Sun, is generally invincible, but in the latest edition [[spoiler:the Scarlet Empress turns Bitch Queen of Hell and schemes a way to kill him by blotting out the skies, and effectively bring about Armageddon to the land]]. It's pretty epic.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' has Solkan, one of the gods of order, which is a solar deity that may offer his followers fire and light powers. Like all the gods of order, he doesn't show up very much (except for some references in the novels). [[KnightTemplar Considering how he is]], [[LightIsNotGood that may be a good thing]].
** It also has the mages of the White College of Magic, who specialize in truth, philosophy, healing, and using the blinding light of the sun to burn daemons.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' puts sunlight in the [[WhiteMagic white]] (and, occasionally, [[GreenThumb green]] and [[PlayingWithFire red]]) part of the color-pie. Shown to devastating effect in cards such as Wrath of God.
** Flavour has of course several solar deities from a myriad of planes. Represented in the cards are [[http://magiccards.info/shm/en/234.html The Oversoul of Dusk]] from Shadowmoor (though sadly only featured [[http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtgcom/daily/db48a in a poem]], where she hid the Sun), and [[http://magiccards.info/ths/en/17.html Heliod]] from Theros, who [[spoiler:puts his [[LightEmUp sunlight]] [[LightIsNotGood to awful use]]]]. [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Pelor]] wouldn't be amused.
** Amonkhet has no actual sun deities per se, but two of the gods, Oketra and Hazoret, draw their magic from it's [[WeirdSun Second Sun]].
** In Ixalan dinosaurs of all things are associated with the sun, and different stages of the sun are embodied by dinosaurian avatars.
->"The Legion's conquistadores could endure Ixalan's sun. Their forts could withstand a charging ceratops. But nothing can stop a ceratops strengthened by the sun."
* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh''
** Bujinki Amaterasu, as she's based on Amaterasu.
** Master Hyperion, as he's the leader of the Agents of Heaven. Also he's a personification of the Sun.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'', the Lumen Sages had the Sun as the source of their powers (as opposed to the Umbra Witches' own {{Lunacy}} and [[SummonMagic Demon Summoning]]); [[BigBad Father Balder]], the last of these sages, even has solar motifs in his battle mode, with his clothes turning blue/yellow (the main wavelengths of sunlight), and his peacock feather like wings vaguely resembling sun rays.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Boktai}}'' games, the protagonist Django uses the "Gun Del Sol," a solar-powered gun that shoots sunlight (and later a solar-powered gauntlet called the Sol de Vice, which gave melee weapons similar powers). Very useful for a vampire-hunter. What was especially interesting was that the game had you power the gun using ''real-life'' sunlight. A UV sensor on the game cart made sunlight shine into the game world when it detected sunlight.
** The same gun is a hidden weapon in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots''.
** The Gun Del Sol is also a weapon (in this case, a chip) in the ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' series. True to form, it's more effective when jacked-in to an outdoor location.
* In ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', there is the move Solarbeam: a powerful Grass-type move that has the user charge up sunlight for a round, and then fire a beam of pure solar energy at the foe. There is also Sunny Day, which generates intense sunlight for 5 turns. During that time, Fire moves are empowered, Water moves are weakened, and Solarbeam's charge-turn is eliminated, making "Sunnybeamers", Pokémon with Sunny Day ''and'' Solarbeam, extremely powerful, especially if they also know fire moves. The move Weather Ball changes its typing and becomes twice as strong during abnormal weather: it becomes a Fire-type move during intense sun. Finally, there is the move Morning Sun, which restores a Pokémon's health. How much is restored is dependent on the weather, and it heals the most during a sunny day.
** Although fairly subtle, Ho-oh and its unique abilities (the attack "Sacred Fire" and being able to resurrect the dead) are based on this. This becomes more obvious when it is paired with Lugia, the SolarAndLunar dichotomy becoming more apparent.
*** Some other Pokemon have associations with the sun: there's Larvesta/Volcarona, Espeon (which even has a {{Lunacy}} counterpart in Umbreon) and Groudon (it's more associated with land and continents, but it has the ability Drought which causes sunny weather).
*** Speaking of Volcarona, this Pokemon is depicted as a substitute for the sun.
*** Solrock is another example, a sun-shaped meteorite Pokémon which is even stated to use sunlight as the source of its psychic power. Lunatone is its {{Lunacy}} counterpart.
*** There's also Heliolisk, which is a solar-powered Electric-type lizard with a frill that looks like a black sun.
*** And, finally, there is now the ''de facto'' sun Pokemon, Solgaleo. Notably, it is a [[ExtraOreDinary Steel]] and Psychic type, as opposed to the more predictable Fire type, with emphasis on the sun's [[LightEmUp light]].
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'', the Geomancer spell Shining Flare generates an intense burst of sunlight for fire damage. It can only be used when the weather is sunny.
** Additionally, the illusionist spell Prominence claims to use the fires of the Sun.
** In ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVII'', Sephiroth's flashiest attack is Supernova, where he attacks the party by blowing up a (''our'') sun at the party. Funny thing: he can use it multiple times and it ''[[SlapOnTheWristNuke cannot kill the party]]''.
* Three different characters in the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Project'' have been seen using solar power:
** Patchouli Knowledge has Sun as one of her seven elements (alongside [[PlayingWithFire Fire]], [[MakingASplash Water]], [[DishingOutDirt Earth]], [[ExtraOredinary Metal]], [[GreenThumb Wood]], and [[{{Lunacy}} Moon]]). Spells with this element include Royal Flare (alone), Hydrogenous Prominence (Sun and Water), Photosynthesis (Sun and Wood), and Royal Diamond Ring (Sun and Moon).
** Utsuho Reiuji, on the other hand, swallowed the corpse of a sun-god, giving her the power of nuclear fusion. This manifests in, among other things, gigantic nuke-bullets, attacks based off of suns, stars, and various constellations, and the ability to create artificial suns. She was led to get that power so that she could be used to build and maintain a nuclear power plant running off of suns made from her nuclear fusion. [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity She also went a little nuts with this power]] and wanted to burn the surface world to ashes, but it was nothing some [[BulletHell danmaku]]-based PercussiveMaintenance couldn't fix.
** Sunny Milk, the fairy of sunlight, uses the sun to strengthen her abilities. She is also capable of optical camo by refracting light.
** ''VideoGame/TouhouSoccer'', famous for its over-the-top spells (such as a 1,000+ km/h kick or killing a space station), sees Mima use what appears to be a goddamn ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkDT-OlkYTI solar flare]]'' to... score a goal.
* In ''VideoGame/MegaMan10'', one of the robot masters is Solar Man, from whom Mega Man [[PowerCopying acquires]] the Solar Blaze weapon.
** In ''VideoGame/MegaMan4'', Pharaoh Man's Pharaoh Shot draws upon the power of the sun, and when Mega Man learns the attack, it generates a miniature sun above him when he [[ChargedAttack charges it up]]. The mini-sun isn't just for show, either. Ramming it into an enemy will do damage just like the actual shot. This is particularly useful against the final boss, who is weak to the Pharoah Shot, but sometimes too high to hit with the normal firing of the weapon.
* In ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', the ancient [[{{Precursors}} Kingdom of Zeal]] used the Sun Stone as a power source, but even its ability to store a seemingly-endless supply of solar energy wasn't enough for them. So they attempted to harness the power of [[EldritchAbomination Lavos]] instead, and [[AndManGrewProud that didn't turn out too well]]. But your party is able to take the drained "Moon Stone," place it in a patch of sunlight on an island that is immune to both continental drift and a Lavos-based apocalypse, and use time travel to retrieve the recharged Sun Stone after a few thousand years, then use it to create [[GadgeteerGenius Lucca]]'s strongest weapon and a very powerful accessory.
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', the Sun Song is as useful for stunning undead as it is for moving the sun through the sky to change the time of day.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Hexen}}'' the Sun Staff shot ridiculously damaging rays of light.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce'' has the boss Apollo Flame, who uses the Solar Barrier and has attacks like Solar Flare.
* Sun mana is a type of mana in the VideoGame/FallFromHeaven mod for ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} 4''.
* The Sun Rune, along with both Dawn and Twilight Rune from ''VideoGame/SuikodenV''. Apparently, the influence of the Sun Rune is so powerful to the point it can [[AGodAmI corrupt its wielder]]. [[spoiler:If you gather all of the 108 Stars of Destiny, it will move to its nurturing phase and brings back Lyon to life]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'': Amaterasu is the Goddess of the Sun, so it does make sense.
* Helios in ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'', being the god of the Sun. He '''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome even shouts it]]''' before blinding Kratos with intense sunlight from his head.
* NPC Saber from ''VideoGame/FateExtra'' [[spoiler: who is actually Gawain]] uses Excalibur Galatine, {{Excalibur}}'s sister sword, which 'glows with heat rays of the sun'. He also is [[spoiler: immune to your attacks as long as the sun is shining]] which is usually all the time during the tournament.
** From the sequel ''Fate/Extra CCC'' and ''LightNovel/FateApocrypha'', we have Karna, son of the Sun God and Hero of Charity, whose armor is solidified sun flare, has a cape of sun fire, and wields a god-killing spear.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft: Cataclysm'', the tauren founded the Sunwalkers, a group of paladins and priests who revere the sun (or An'she, the right eye of the Earth Mother) as their idol and patron, which is a direct balance to the druids who use the power of the moon. Whether this is really the power of the sun at all is up for debate, as [[LightEmUp the Light]] is a universal force fueled by strength of will regardless of whether an individual personally acknowledges it, but depictions of Sunwalkers outside [[GameplayAndStorySegregation the game]] seem more in line with priests and paladins of other races than with other sun-based beings.
** Balance druids seem to have followed in the footsteps of the tauren (since many of them are tauren themselves) and their Balance specialization has shifted somewhat away from [[GreenThumb raw natural energy and plants]] towards a motif of celestial bodies. In addition to the power of the moon that they've always had, supplied by the night elves' moon goddess Elune, they've also added solar power to their repertoire (notably, manifesting differently than the Sunwalkers) and their abilities revolve around periodically shifting between the two powers.
** Rajh, final boss of the Halls of Origination, is the Construct of the Sun and uses several sun-based abilities, such as Solar Winds.
** The entire culture of the high/blood elves runs on the Sun. They draw their power from the Sunwell, a font of magical energies, their city is coated in warm color and sun references, and at least half of their greetings involve the Sun somehow. This is a direct contrast to their cousins, the night elves who have a similar reverence for the moon, though the night elves treat the moon as an object of worship, while the high/blood elves see it more as a symbol of their rejection of everything the night elves are. It's a common misconception that the high/blood elves worship a sun god, but that's just not true.
** The arakkoa in ''Warlords of Draenor'' are a LightIsNotGood example. They worship the sun and wish to see all lesser races burn under its fire. They also deem any arakkoa caught with tomes of dark magic as heathens and exile them. Those exiles are the friendly faction that players help to bring down the sun-worshiping arakkoa.
* ''Cosmology'', a school of magic in ''VideoGame/RomancingSaga'' consists of spells which use the Sun's power to heal allies or cause damage to enemies.
* Mori Motonari from ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' worships the Sun and can use its light to dazzle enemies, break their defence, or burn them to crisp. And he just ''won't'' shut up about it.
* In ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts: From the New World'', Shania's final Fusion is Tirawa, the Spirit of the Sun. Its ultimate move is "Sun Flare", which causes the sun to hurl fireballs at her enemies. In-story, the Spirit has the power to burn away any and all evil which [[spoiler: you need to do just that by maxing out Tirawa's statues in order to get the Good Ending]].
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' has Leona, a [[ThePaladin Paladin]] who is the head of the Solari, a religion that worships the Sun. Her schtick is that she uses sunlight to enhance her allies' damage and can even call in [[KillSat Solar Flares]] to stun multiple enemies. She forms a SolarAndLunar dichotomy with her {{Lunacy}} counterpart Diana.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' has this as a common motif associated with [[BigGood Lord Gwyn]] and the early days of the Age of Fire.
** Gwyn's title is the Lord Of Sunlight [[spoiler: or, rather was. By the time of the game, he is [[FinalBoss the fallen Lord Of Cinder]]]]. His primary weapon against the Everlasting Dragons was the [[ShockAndAwe Sunlight Spear]] magic, and his daughter Gwynevere is associated with various light based healing magics.
** The game's co-op themed [[FactionCalculus Covenant]] is the Warriors of Sunlight, exemplified by recurring MemeticBadass Solaire Of Astora. His entire character arc is driven by his quest to find "his own sun", and he (and other high-level Warriors of Sunlight) uses weaker variations of Gwyn's Sunlight Spear. The [[MemeticMutation oft-mimicked]] "Praise The Sun" gesture is associated with him, as well. [[spoiler:If [[MultipleEndings he doesn't die]] [[DownerEnding in the tunnels outside Lost Izalith]], [[BittersweetEnding he can assist the player in battle against the aforementioned Lord Of Cinder]]]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. for WiiU/3DS]]'', the [[VideoGame/WiiFit Wii Fit Trainer]] has a move called Sun Salutation. There is an ''actual'' yoga position named Sun Salutation where one leans forward with both arms stretched. Wii Fit Trainer however takes it up a notch and literally charges up a sun-like projection in front of her while doing the yoga pose! She can use it as a powerful projectile.
* ''VideoGame/RiseOfLegends'' give us the Cuotl Sun God, Xil, a robotic [[MayIncatec Mayincatec]] alien who uses beams of solar light to attack his opponents. Various Cuotl units also use solar rays as a weapon as well.
* ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}'' features [[Myth/EgyptianMythology Egyptian Sun God, Ra]], whose skills revolve around sunlight that can heal and can also burn... OK, it mostly burns. Later on, they also added the legendary Chinese archer and ex-immortal Hou Yi, who is protected with the sun that he can't be hit with critical hits a lot, and can also drop not just one, but ''nine'' suns and all of its power to an area. Not content with that, they then bring in one of Ra's fellow Sun deity Khepri, the scarab that rolls the sun with him; and there's also the Norse Sun Goddess Sol. They THEN added Amaterasu as a "buff/support/fighter" character. Interestingly they made Amaterasu a Samurai as opposed to her more traditional magical portrayal.
* ''VideoGame/NosferatuTheWrathOfMalachi'': Sunlight plays an important part of the ritual. Fortunately, it's also the Count's WeaksauceWeakness...
* The [[EldritchAbomination Solar Pillar]] from ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'' is able to rain solar fireballs on the player. The [[FlunkyBoss mooks that accompany it]] are also fire- and sun-themed.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Throughout the series, all known bloodlines of [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]] are, at the very least, weaker in sunlight than they are at night. This ranges from a mild irritation which prevents natural healing and Magicka regen, to outright being ''burned'' by sunlight and potentially being killed by it. The Vvardenfell strain of vampires in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' are outright damaged by sunlight no matter when they last fed. In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', sunlight could kill them, the longer they went without drinking blood the more damage they took. Fast traveling in daylight could prove lethal. In ''Skyrim'' sunlight stops vampires regenerating health, stamina and magicka, something non-vampires can naturally do. ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline Online]]'' includes a vampire bloodline who are ''not'' harmed by sunlight, but simply have far greater power during the night.
** Magnus, the "God of Magic" who served as the architect of Mundus (the mortal plane), provides an indirect example. Magnus created the sun (which is named after him) when he [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere fled Mundus]] after realizing that the [[OurGodsAreDifferent et'Ada]] who participated in its creation would be greatly weakened and forever bound to it. Magnus punched a hole through to [[SpiritWorld Aetherius]], the realm of magic, as he escaped. The magical energy flowing into Mundus through the sun is what allows for the use of magic among mortals. Essentially, all magic in the ''ES'' universe is a form of the Power of the Sun.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'''s ''Dawnguard'' DLC expands upon this. Some new weapons and spells deal Sun Damage that is quite effective against undead enemies. The most notable and story-relevant is Auriel's Bow, said to have been wielded by the Auri-El, the [[OurElvesAreBetter Aldmeri]] TopGod in battle. Besides dealing Sun Damage with each arrow, it has the unique ability to fire a "Sunhallowed" arrow towards the sun and trigger a rain of fire that blasts your enemies like a magical KillSat. It's also sought by a clan of vampires, who hope to pervert this power to instead cause TheNightThatNeverEnds.
* Videogame/{{Wizard101}} has this in the form of Sun Magic, but it isn't good for much more than enhancing other spells. The theme still shows in the various temples dedicated to this magic, including a boss fight on a platform that seems to be suspended over the surface of the sun.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' has the final summon Iris, which takes every enemy onscreen and applies HurlItIntoTheSun (and back). Unfortunately, it can only be taken after one of the most nightmarish {{Bonus Boss}}es in existence, and there's really nothing left to use it on afterwards.
* Meridian from ''VideoGame/AtlasReactor'' has a sun-based theme and most of his skills and taunts are named appropriately. His ultimate, Zenith, creates a small sun floating over his head that shields him and allies.
* The sun in ''VideoGame/FallenLondon'' is (like all stars) actually an ancient EldritchAbomination which enforces its own laws of reality on Earth and incinerates anybody who violates them, which inconveniently includes you and most others in the Neath. The British Admiralty attempted to replicate its reality-warping abilities by creating a giant mechanical sun called [[MechanicalAbomination the Dawn Machine]], but the AIIsACrapshoot and now the machine seeks to impose its own regime on the universe.
* In ''Videogame/{{Warframe}}, the Warframe Equinox features two aspects: Night and Day. While the Night aspect reflects [[TheSacredDarkness the safety and calming effects of night and shadow]], the Day aspect represents the burning power and fiery inspiration of the dawn and daylight, with aura effects that increase speed and damage for all allies in the immediate vicinity.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2010-04-19 Monique glorifies its shining on all living things.]]
* [[LittleMissBadass Sola Flare]] from ''Webcomic/SuperStupor''. [[http://www.superstupor.com/sust04092008.shtml "You forgot that she can channel the entire sun at will in any fashion she likes."]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Pacificators}}'', nobody have discovered how to use this power. [[spoiler: Until [[LightEmUp Daryl]] did in the fourth volume.]]

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* ''Literature/{{Phaeton}}'' has solar and lunar celestial affinities, Solar phaetonians can use pure sunlight to channel some powerful beams, lunars can use sunlight reflected off celestial bodies to do the same thing but inverted. Just don't let the beams touch at equal power.
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', Sundancer can create and move a miniature sun and dial it up to such extreme temperatures that it pretty much instantly incinerates anything that isn't absolutely invulnerable.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'', the jewel that is embedded on Frylock's back apparently possesses the power of a thousand suns. After Shake and a random shop owner take control of it, it unleashes hundreds of fireballs that destroys the neighborhood.
* When [[WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers Captain Planet]] got covered in "pollution" it was up to the Planeteers to clean him with pure water, then expose him to sunlight to restore his power.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', there is the [[DysfunctionJunction troubled]] superhero Captain Sunshine. His superpowers are solar-powered and involve firing high-energy "Sunbeams" that cause painful sunburns at least.
* Creator/HannaBarbera's ''WesternAnimation/{{Birdman}}'', who also needed sunlight to recharge his powers. He could fire "solar rays" from his fists and create a "solar shield" to protect himself.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays'', Drew has a FlamingSword that is powered by the light of the sun. It also has a blue setting that is powered by moonlight, which is, after all, reflected sunlight.
* In ''Anime/TheMysteriousCitiesOfGold'' it's one of the city's secrets - they can channel sunlight into an energy weapon.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends'' episode "The End of Flutter Valley," we learn that Flutter Valley is kept [[ItsAlwaysSpring perpetually green]] thanks to the power of the Sunstone, which appparently amplifies the sun's rays. When the Sunstone is stolen by the bees of Bumbleland, Flutter Valley starts to wither away. Newly situated in Bumbleland, the stone at first turns it from a frozen wasteland into a beautiful forest, but after a few hours the rays become too powerful and the forest starts to burn.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' we have Princess Celestia, (co-)ruler of Equestria with the power to raise and lower the sun (and while her sister is... [[SealedEvilInACan away]], the moon as well). It's not altogether clear how much of her power is in turn actually ''derived'' from the sun and how much of it is "just" her own innate alicorn magic; in either case moving the literal celestial body is in and of itself no mean feat.
** We also have Sunset Shimmer, Princess Celestia's former personal student -- although her powers have more to do with fire than with the sun.
** In [[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E10ARoyalProblem A Royal Problem]] it is clarified that Celestia is holding back the true extent of her power... via the revelation of a hypothetical SuperPoweredEvilSide in [[LightIsNotGood Daybreaker]], who uses fire, red light and solar flares in devastating effects.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', [[PlayingWithFire Firebending]] is ultimately this, and even the [[TheDarkSide corrupted]] form of Firebending is tied to the sun. While firebending still works at night, it is much weaker at that time. During a solar eclipse, even the most powerful firebenders are unable to conjure more than a spark.
** Zuko later states [[spoiler: during his and Aang's travels to the lost Sun Warrior civilization]] that the primal form of Firebending, as taught by the dragons, is 'like the sun, but inside you!'. Notably, he becomes vastly more powerful after this fieldtrip, implying that Firebending is pretty much this trope straight.
** In the SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' Book 2 episode "A New Spiritual Age", Korra herself manages to make the Sun glow brighter and dispell dark clouds in the spiritual world.
* ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'': The Ancient Shamash is a magical orb with this power from the episode "The Lost City of the Sun".

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Nuclear fusion is the heart of the Sun's power. Its sheer mass compresses hydrogen into helium at the rate of some 620 million metric tons per second. Nearly everything on Earth is indirectly powered by this nuclear fusion reaction. The fusion energy generated near the sun's center (except for neutrino energy) percolates to the sun's surface in a million or so years.
** Ultraviolet light emitted at the sun's surface has antiseptic properties, and prolonged exposure of human skin to it causes sunburns and eventually skin cancer.
** Completely [[InvertedTrope inverted]] with some types of fungus and fish who need little to no sunlight at all, some even [[WeakenedByTheLight hate]] the sun.
* Every element found in nature except hydrogen and helium came from a star's nuclear fusion. While a little under one-fourth of the primordial mass of the universe is helium, most of the earth's helium comes from nuclear decay or fission, and the decaying elements came from stellar fusion. Humans are literally made of stardust.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_furnace Solar furnaces]] use mirrors to focus sunlight to a point. The temperature at the point can reach over 2000 degrees Celsius.
* On the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kardashev_scale Kardashev scale]], being able to completely harness the power of their own star is the benchmark for a Type II civilization.
[[VideoGame/DarkSouls Praise]] [[Main/MemeticMutation the sun!]]